Radcliffe man allegedly steals father’s nursing home money

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A Radcliffe man was arrested on a warrant last week for allegedly defrauding Medicaid by spending his father’s money on himself instead of on the aged parent’s nursing home bills.

Paul Erick Waugh, 57, of 3445 390th St., Radcliffe, was arrested March 29 on a Greene County warrant for first-degree theft, dependent adult abuse-exploitation over $100 and ongoing criminal conduct.

According to affidavits filed with the Greene County District Court by Kyle Paxton, criminal investigator in the Iowa Medicaid Fraud Control Unity, “While acting as power of attorney for his father” between April 4, 2018, and Feb. 1, 2019, Waugh allegedly “failed to pay the nursing home bills” but rather “spent $18,140.22 from the father’s bank account on himself instead of on his father.”

Paxton alleged that on Feb. 1, 2019, Waugh allegedly “was told that he could continue to steal his father’s money and spend it on himself.” Between Feb. 20 and March 25, 2019, Waugh allegedly “continued to take the father’s money and spent it on himself.”

Waugh was held in the Greene County Jail prior to release on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 21 in Greene County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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